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Natasha Norman

Deep Dreaming

Deep Dreaming

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Deep Dreaming, 2024

Monotype print

42.9 x 35cm

Natasha Norman

Natasha completed her Honours (2005) and Masters (2011) degree in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. She currently works as a part-time lecturer, arts writer and practicing artist. Throughout her art training and career she has consistently been inspired by the medium and technical challenges of print. She trained in traditional Western print methods at the University of Cape Town and subsequently attended residencies in Japan to study the Japanese relief print method, Mokuhanga.

Natasha’s mastery of printmaking enables her to work across various print techniques. Her work is deeply inspired by her experiences of the natural world. Her practice is about experiencing time and place. In her optically shifting colour layers and planes of marks and tone is an elementary, sensory memory.

In recent works, Natasha has taken much inspiration from the Japanese cultural aesthetic wabi sabi. Her study of this term that defies translation has fostered an appreciation for the beauty in transient natural moments and a sense of spiritual well-being centred on imperfection and simplicity. The theme of her work tends toward expressing the momentary and experiential in a pared-down language of mark and form that seeks to evoke a resonant response in the viewer rather than portray a particular event.

Natasha has lectured at various institutions and universities in South Africa and published as an independent writer. For a full list of exhibitions and project involvement please see her artist's CV.   

Natasha Norman Curriculum Vitae

Natasha Norman (b. 1982) currently lives and works in Cape Town.

Education

2011 Masters in Fine Arts at UCT: Further Fictions in Print
2005 BA Fine Arts (Printmedia) at UCT

AWARDS AND GRANTS

2009 & 2010 KW Johnstone Research Scholarship
2009 & 2010 Ernst and Ethel Erikson Trust Bursary, MacIver Scholarship, 2009 Jules Kramer Travel Scholarship
2008 Absa L’atelier Finalist
2007 Sasol New Signatures Finalist
2006 Absa L’atelier Finalist

ARTIST RESIDENCIES AND PROJECT INVOLVEMENT

2021 The Printing Girls Relief Print Exchange, Johannesburg.
2021 South Atlantic Press, two woodblock print publications, Cape Town.
2020 South Atlantic Press. Artist collaborative print publishing, Cape Town.
2017 Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory. Lake Kawaguchi Artist-in-Residence, Mokuhanga Advanced Training, Japan.
2015 Artist Proof Studios Artist-in-Residence, print collaboration/co-publication, Johannesburg.
2014 Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory. Lake Kawaguchi Artist-in-Residence, Mokuhanga Basic Training, Japan.
2013 Coordinator and participant in international symposia Between the Lines in Cape Town, Braunschweig and Berlin. Project funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the context of The German-South African Year of Science 2012/2013.
2010 Mixtape Mobile Cinema for Grahamstown Art Festival, South Africa
2009-2012 Editions manager for ArtThrob Contemporary Arts Journal’s fine art print portfolio 2009 Curator of exhibition Proof of Life at VANSA Project Space, Cape Town. 2007–2010 Editorial Assistant to ArtThrob online Contemporary Arts Journal

SELECT EXHIBITIONS
2022 Wood, Paper, Ink at the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St Lawrence University, NY.
2022 Mini Print Cantabria, Edition V in Santander, Spain.
2022 A Sense of Place, Latitudes Online curated by The Printing Girls.
2022  8th International Lithographic Symposium, Tidaholm, Sweden.
2022  Between Worlds, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York.
2022  Days of Being Wild, Cavalli Gallery, Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
2021  LANDSCAPE, Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town.
2021 Collection Mini Print Cantabria, La Mer et les Phares à Bordeaux, Cervantes Institute, Bordeaux, France.
2021 At The Table, The Printing Girls Cape Town, Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town.
2021 New Girls on the Block, The Printing Girls, Association for the Arts, Pretoria.
2020 Positive Escape, The Printing Girls, Art Room, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.
2020 Light from Dark, Spin Street Gallery, Cape Town.
2019 Regarding Winter, Salon91 Gallery, Cape Town.
2019 Nano 1.3. Barnard Gallery, Cape Town.
2019 The Distance from Afar, Group exhibition at Glen Carlou wine estate in association with Salon91 Gallery.
2019 Crumbling Contours, Craft+Graft Project Space in collaboration with Artist Proof Cape Town.
2019 The Printer’s Painting, Artist Proof Gallery, Cape Town.
2019 Conversations, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.
2019 Cape Town Art Fair, Salon91 Gallery Booth.
2018 Folklore, Salon91 Gallery, Cape Town.
2018 IMPACT 10 Biennial, Bienal Mini Print: El Mar y los Faros, Eduardo Sanz Collection, Santander, Spain.
2018 Nano 1.2. Barnard Gallery, Cape Town.
2018 Endless, 4 women exhibition, Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town.
2018 ‘SEE ART: Contemporary Abstract’ at Gallery 2, Johannesburg. Curated by Derek Zeitsman.
2018 ‘February Edition’ at CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo
2018 Cape Town Art Fair, SA Print Gallery Booth
2018 2017 MI-LAB AIR Program Participants Exhibition: Artists from Advanced Program at CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo
2017 Trees Make Forests, end of year group exhibition, Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town.
2017 Field, group exhibition, Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town.
2017 Searching for Mokuhanga Light: Globalizing Japanese Woodblock Printmaking,Hawaii. Special Exhibition for Third International Mokuhanga Conference. Sept-Oct. 2017 Presenting Artists at the Centre for the Science of Human Endeavour, Tokyo, Japan. 2017 Searching for Mokuhanga Light: Globalizing Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, Cyprus, Greece. European Cultural Capital. June 2017.
2016 Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town.
2015 However, ArtHub Gallery, London, UK.
2015 Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg at Salon 91 booth.
2015 ‘Death Speaks’ 6 Spin Street, Cape Town, curated exhibition.
2014 Golden Haze, group exhibition at Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town.
2013 Multiplied Christies Print Fair, London, UK with Slate Projects.
2013 Between the Lines at Michaelis Galleries (group show as part of symposium) 2012 Masters Grad Show at Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town.
2011 Further Fictions (solo exhibition) at Commune 1 Gallery, Cape Town.
2011 Judgement Pending at AVA Gallery, Cape Town.
2010 Tretchikoff and Me at Salon 91 Gallery, Cape Town.
2010 This Is Not Final at Michaelis Gallery and Wits Substation, Johannesburg. 2008 Absa Atelier Finalists Exhibition, Johannesburg
2007 The Look of Love (solo exhibition) at Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.
2007 Contusion at Irma Stern Museum, University of Cape Town.
2007 Sasol New Signatures Finalists’ exhibition in Pretoria
2006 Absa Atelier Finalists Exhibition, Johannesburg
2006 Krisp at Belville Arts Society, Cape Town.
2005 Michaelis Graduate Exhibition
2004 Black Box at African Studies Gallery, University of Cape Town.
2003 YDEsire at Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
2022 Between Worlds – Mokuhanga, This Week in New York by Mark Rifkin, 22 July 2022.
2021 The Unfinished Print, podcast interview, December 2021. 
2021 Artist Closeup Interview, 29 November 2021.
2021 Under the Bridge, ‘Printmaking’, Winter 2021.
2015 Thuli Gamedze’s review: Whose ‘Death Speaks’? in ArtThrob, online.
2012 Michaelis Masters Graduate Catalogue
2012 ‘Natasha Norman at Commune 1’ by Renee Holleman in ArtThrob Jan, 2012 2008 ABSA Atelier Finalists Catalogue
2008 Erika Asgeirsson’s article in Cafe Abroad March 2008:p8
2007 ‘Subjective experience’ by Chris Thurman in The Weekender Nov 3-4 2007: p14 2007 ‘Taking a stern view of artful contusions and calendars’ by Veronica Wilkinson in The Good Weekend Oct 14, 2007: p12 2006 ABSA Atelier Finalists Catalogue
2005 Michaelis Graduate Catalogue

COLLECTIONS

The One and Only Hotel, Cape Town, acquired 2022.
Art Bank South Africa, acquired 2020.
Art Gazette, London and South Africa, acquired 2021.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acquired 2019.
Eduardo Sanz Collection, Santander, Spain, donated 2018.
MI-Lab, CfSHE: Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, Tokyo, donated 2017. MI-Lab, CfSHE: Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory, Tokyo, donated 2014. Michaelis School of Fine Art, Print collection, donated 2011.
The University of Cape Town, Public Art Collection, acquired 2005.

SOCIETIES AND AFFLIATIONS

The Mokuhanga Sisters, International Artist Group, since 2022
The Printing Girls, South African Woman’s Print Art Group, since 2020

Mokuhanga Kai, Society of South African Mokuhanga practitioners, founding member 2019 Foundwork, Online Artist Platform, since 2018
VANSA, Visual Arts Network of South Africa, since 2014
Golden Key Society Membership, since 2003



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